A bit about me...
My journey into art started as a therapeutic activity whilst adapting to a complete change of life after I survived a life-threatening subarachnoid brain haemorrhage.
I left a hectic London life and BBC career behind for the inspirational shores of coastal Norfolk, where I am now lucky enough to enjoy walks on the beach with my dog, and a slower pace of life.
Recovery is an ongoing process and I remain positive and optimistic. I like to communicate this through my work and enjoy creating mostly uplifting paintings that can inspire and articulate that feeling.
I have explored many creative techniques, inspired by an invaluable art group, through study, and with much experimentation and practice.
Art and the brain
Art is known to be beneficial for the brain and it has been instrumental in helping me through the challenges of the recovery process and also as a valuable means of expression.
I donate a percentage (15%) from the sale of each artwork to the Brain and Spine Foundation, and am always interested to hear from, and support, charity exhibitions that need donations of paintings.
I am especially interested in using my art to help contribute to environment and climate change awareness.
In 2017, I organised and curated 'Art in the Hut', a very successful charity postcard exhibition in aid of the Norfolk Hospice, which raised close to £2,500, and hopes to be back by popular demand in 2019.
I paint in an expressive, semi-abstract style.
Working with a mostly limited or monochrome palette, I love the calming combination of blue and white, with occasional flashes of red, which I sometimes feature as an expression and representation of my brush with mortality.
Technique and style
I like to experiment with textures and a variety of materials, such as acrylic paint, ink, resin, watercolour and textured mediums to create subtle, fluid effects. My aim is to convey and capture light, atmosphere and movement in a loose, flowing, suggestive style.
I'm especially interested in the natural environment and our connection (or disconnection) to it; how it fluctuates and can be viewed as both powerful and fragile at the same time. The sea, in particular, is a recurring theme, and features prominently in my work. The beautiful and ever-changing north Norfolk coast is a great source of inspiration.
My paintings and miniature sculptures have featured and sold in popular Norfolk exhibitions, international charity exhibitions in New York, London and Stratford-upon-Avon. Several of my paintings have been selected by a gallery in California for juried online art exhibitions. Three pieces were selected for Kunsthuis Gallery's 'Our eARTh' 2018 exhibition in Crayke, Yorkshire. A painting was also selected for the inaugural exhibition 'celebrating the best of East Anglian art' at the Wells Maltings' Honda Gallery, Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk.
My work can also be found in private collections in the UK and overseas.